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Ex-Wife Of Former NBA Star Lorenzen Wright Charged In His Grisly Murder

Ex-NBA player's wife allegedly tried to kill him multiple times. His body was found decomposing in a swampy area outside Memphis.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

There are new developments in the violent murder of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright. As CNN shares, the 34-year-old's body was found with multiple bullet wounds in a swampy area outside Memphis in 2010. His ex-wife, Sherra Wright-Robinson, has now been charged with conspiring to kill him with along with another man.

Wright-Robinson, 46, was arrested on December 15 and indicted on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. Her alleged co-conspirator, 46-year-old Billy Turner was arrested 10 days prior and charged with the same crimes. He has pleaded not guilty.

Memphis authorities did not share a motive for the murder but they said that the duo tried to kill Wright in the past. According to Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings, there is a relationship of some sort between the suspects. "It's safe to say they knew each other." The New York Daily News reports that Turner was a deacon at a church that Wright-Robinson attended.

Lorenzen was last seen at his former wife's home in Collierville, Tennessee. He was apparently visiting their children. A mysterious 911 phone call was placed from his phone on July 19 that was then interrupted by the sound of gunfire.

Three days later, the former Memphis Grizzlies player was reported missing by his mother. His decomposing body was found July 28, 2010. The case was complicated due to the deteriorated evidence, given the area the body was found and weather conditions. An autopsy report later showed that bullet fragments were in the former basketball player's skull, chest and forearm. Authorities say that finding the gun used in the crime was the "key" to cracking open the case. 

Per Yahoo! Sports, Wright-Robinson received $1 million from her ex-husband's life insurance policy. There was a dispute on how she was spending that money but it was settled in 2014.

Wright had a lengthy career with the NBA. He played for five teams over 13 seasons as a forward and center.

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